Occupations of the 1860's  

The Civil War was not just a time for battles, but life continued on before, during and after. Many jobs at that time were done by an individual or a small factory, and other positions were newly created during the 1860's due to necessity. We have compiled a small list of occupations for research and study, to hone as a persona to present at reenactments, and to help those new to reenacting to narrow the research field. This is certainly not a complete list, for there are many other occupations that are not listed. We encourage our members to learn all they can about topics that best suit them.

  • US Patent Office

  • Telegrapher

  • Cooper

  • Woodworker

  • Box maker

  • Candlemaker

  • Cobbler

  • US Sanitation Commission

  • Christian Commission

  • Politician

  • US Weapons Salesman

  • Abolitionist

  • Correspondent

  • Leather worker

  • Laundress

  • Nurse

  • Spy

  • Seamstress/tailor

  • Flag Maker

  • Illustrator

  • Farmer

  • Wheelwright (wagon maker)

  • Photographer

  • US Postmaster

  • US ClerkBanker

  • Tobacco Farmer

  • Street vendor

  • Teacher

  • Female Treasury worker

  • Textile worker

  • Milliner

  • College professor

  • Coal Miner

  • Circus performer

  • Priest/Nun

  • Lawyer

  • Tavern Keeper

  • Physician/Doctor (local Doctor that would not have traveled with the army)

  • Surveyor

  • Plow Maker (especially research in John Deere plows)

  • Hired servant/chamber maid

  • Master Mason

  • Music Teacher

  • Butcher

  • Brewer

  • Cook/cook servant( hired hand)

  • Painter